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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933737/testing-the-influence-of-surfactant-based-wound-dressings-on-proteinase-activity
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Sunyoung Jeong, Gregory S Schultz, Daniel J Gibson
Proteinases are enzymes that can digest other proteins. In chronic wounds, a sub-class of these enzymes with the ability to degrade the extracellular matrix (matrix metalloproteinases, MMPs) have been found to both inhibit healing and to be able to aid in enzymatically debriding a wound. Enzymatic debridement using the enzymes present in a wound is generally called autolytic debridement. Clinicians seeking to employ autolytic debridement typically use occlusive materials such as medical honey, alginate dressings and other occlusive dressings...
December 8, 2016: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927981/xylem-surfactants-introduce-a-new-element-to-the-cohesion-tension-theory
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H Jochen Schenk, Susana Espino, David M Romo, Neda Nima, Aissa Y T Do, Joseph M Michaud, Brigitte Papahadjopoulos-Sternberg, Jinlong Yang, Yi Y Zuo, Kathy Steppe, Steven Jansen
Vascular plants transport water under negative pressure without constantly creating gas bubbles that would disable their hydraulic systems. Attempts to replicate this feat in artificial systems almost invariably result in bubble formation, except under highly controlled conditions with pure water and only hydrophilic surfaces present. In theory, conditions in the xylem should favor bubble nucleation even more: There are millions of conduits with at least some hydrophobic surfaces; xylem sap is saturated or sometimes supersaturated with atmospheric gas, and may contain surface active molecules that can lower surface tension...
December 7, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916681/surfactant-protein-a-deficiency-exacerbates-renal-interstitial-fibrosis-following-obstructive-injury-in-mice
#3
Shaojiang Tian, Chenxiao Li, Ran Ran, Shi-You Chen
Renal interstitial fibrosis is an inevitable consequence of virtually every type of chronic kidney disease. The underlying mechanisms, however, are not completely understood. In the present study, we identified surfactant protein A (SP-A) as a novel protein factor involved in the renal fibrosis induced by unilateral ureter obstruction (UUO). UUO induced SP-A expression in mouse kidney epithelium, likely due to the increased acidic stress and inflammation. Interestingly, SP-A deficiency aggravated UUO-prompted kidney structural damage, macrophage accumulation, and tubulointerstitial fibrosis...
December 1, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913829/glutamate-fermentation-2-mechanism-of-l-glutamate-overproduction-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
#4
Takashi Hirasawa, Masaaki Wachi
The nonpathogenic coryneform bacterium, Corynebacterium glutamicum, was isolated as an L-glutamate-overproducing microorganism by Japanese researchers and is currently utilized in various amino acid fermentation processes. L-Glutamate production by C. glutamicum is induced by limitation of biotin and addition of fatty acid ester surfactants and β-lactam antibiotics. These treatments affect the cell surface structures of C. glutamicum. After the discovery of C. glutamicum, many researchers have investigated the underlying mechanism of L-glutamate overproduction with respect to the cell surface structures of this organism...
December 3, 2016: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913648/cd36-mediated-uptake-of-surfactant-lipids-by-human-macrophages-promotes-intracellular-growth-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Claire E Dodd, Charlie J Pyle, Rebecca Glowinski, Murugesan V S Rajaram, Larry S Schlesinger
Mycobacterium tuberculosis imposes a large global health burden as the airborne agent of tuberculosis. Mycobacterium tuberculosis has been flourishing in human populations for millennia and is therefore highly adapted to the lung environment. Alveolar macrophages, a major host cell niche for M. tuberculosis, are not only phagocytose inhaled microbes and particulate matter but are also crucial in catabolizing lung surfactant, a lipid-protein complex that lines the alveolar spaces. Because macrophage host defense properties can be regulated by surfactant and M...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913426/depletion-of-circulating-monocytes-suppresses-il-17-and-hmgb1-expression-in-mice-with-lps-induced-acute-lung-injury
#6
Zhilong Jiang, Qianlin Zhou, Chenlin Gu, Dandan Li, Lei Zhu
Acute lung injury/Acute Respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS) is an important cause of mortality in critically ill patients. Macrophages play an important role in the pathogenesis of ALI/ARDS. To investigate the role and underlying mechanisms of circulating monocytes and resident alveolar macrophages (AMs) in ALI/ARDS, we depleted circulating monocytes and AMs by clodronate-loaded liposome (CL) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced ALI/ARDS mouse model. Our results indicated that depletion of circulating monocytes by intravenous (i...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902914/inactivation-of-avian-influenza-virus-in-nonpelleted-chicken-feed
#7
H Toro, V L van Santen, C Breedlove
Corn stored outside could become contaminated with avian influenza virus (AIV) from wild bird droppings. AIV-contaminated ingredients could pass into the poultry flocks in nonpelleted chicken feed. The efficacy of two disinfectants at inactivating AIV in chicken feed was evaluated. Both Termin-8 (a blend of formaldehyde, propionic acid, terpenes, and surfactant) and Finio (a blend of approved phytochemicals and carboxylic acids) effectively inactivated AIV in chicken feed. Because stability of infectious AIV in chicken feed is limited, we evaluated addition of protein (skim milk powder) to the virus suspension...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893802/the-interaction-between-zein-and-lecithin-in-ethanol-water-solution-and-characterization-of-zein-lecithin-composite-colloidal-nanoparticles
#8
Lei Dai, Cuixia Sun, Di Wang, Yanxiang Gao
Lecithin, a naturally small molecular surfactant, which is widely used in the food industry, can delay aging, enhance memory, prevent and treat diabetes. The interaction between zein and soy lecithin with different mass ratios (20:1, 10:1, 5:1, 3:1, 2:1, 1:1 and 1:2) in ethanol-water solution and characterisation of zein and lecithin composite colloidal nanoparticles prepared by antisolvent co-precipitation method were investigated. The mean size of zein-lecithin composite colloidal nanoparticles was firstly increased with the rise of lecithin concentration and then siginificantly decreased...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888997/comprehensive-assessment-of-myositis-specific-autoantibodies-in-polymyositis-dermatomyositis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
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Hironao Hozumi, Tomoyuki Fujisawa, Ran Nakashima, Takeshi Johkoh, Hiromitsu Sumikawa, Akihiro Murakami, Noriyuki Enomoto, Naoki Inui, Yutaro Nakamura, Yuji Hosono, Yoshitaka Imura, Tsuneyo Mimori, Takafumi Suda
OBJECTIVES: Myositis-specific autoantibodies (MSAs) are associated with clinical phenotypes in polymyositis/dermatomyositis (PM/DM). No study has investigated the clinical features based on comprehensive MSA assessment in PM/DM-associated interstitial lung disease (ILD). We aimed to determine the practical significance of MSAs in PM/DM-ILD. METHODS: Sixty consecutive PM/DM-ILD patients were retrospectively analysed. Serum MSAs were comprehensively measured using immunoprecipitation assay...
December 2016: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887604/variable-ventilation-improves-pulmonary-function-and-reduces-lung-damage-without-increasing-bacterial-translocation-in-a-rat-model-of-experimental-pneumonia
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Raquel F de Magalhães, Cynthia S Samary, Raquel S Santos, Milena V de Oliveira, Nazareth N Rocha, Cintia L Santos, Jamil Kitoko, Carlos A M Silva, Caroline L Hildebrandt, Cassiano F Goncalves-de-Albuquerque, Adriana R Silva, Hugo C Faria-Neto, Vanessa Martins, Vera L Capelozzi, Robert Huhle, Marcelo M Morales, Priscilla Olsen, Paolo Pelosi, Marcelo Gama de Abreu, Patricia R M Rocco, Pedro L Silva
BACKGROUND: Variable ventilation has been shown to improve pulmonary function and reduce lung damage in different models of acute respiratory distress syndrome. Nevertheless, variable ventilation has not been tested during pneumonia. Theoretically, periodic increases in tidal volume (VT) and airway pressures might worsen the impairment of alveolar barrier function usually seen in pneumonia and could increase bacterial translocation into the bloodstream. We investigated the impact of variable ventilation on lung function and histologic damage, as well as markers of lung inflammation, epithelial and endothelial cell damage, and alveolar stress, and bacterial translocation in experimental pneumonia...
November 25, 2016: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884070/association-of-sp-c-gene-codon-186-polymorphism-rs1124-and-risk-of-rds
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Neda Fatahi, Hosein Dalili, Majid Kalani, Nikoo Niknafs, Mamak Shariat, Javad Tavakkoly-Bazzaz, Elaheh Amini, Tahereh Esmaeilnia Shirvani, Amir Kamal Hardani, Roya Taheritafti, Nasrin Ghasemi-Fakhr, Mohsen Ghadami, Fatemeh Nayeri, Ali Rashidi-Nezhad
BACKGROUND: Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a severe pulmonary disease that mainly affects preterm neonates. Surfactant-protein genes' polymorphisms have been mostly evaluated as the candidate contributors in genetics of RDS. However, the results are diverse in different populations. We aimed at investigating the association of rs1124 with RDS development. METHOD: Three hundred and thirty five preterm neonates were enrolled in a multicenter case-control study...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877155/weak-and-saturable-protein-surfactant-interactions-in-the-denaturation-of-apo-%C3%AE-lactalbumin-by-acidic-and-lactonic-sophorolipid
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Kell K Andersen, Brian S Vad, Sophie Roelants, Inge N A van Bogaert, Daniel E Otzen
Biosurfactants are of growing interest as sustainable alternatives to fossil-fuel-derived chemical surfactants, particularly for the detergent industry. To realize this potential, it is necessary to understand how they affect proteins which they may encounter in their applications. However, knowledge of such interactions is limited. Here, we present a study of the interactions between the model protein apo-α-lactalbumin (apo-aLA) and the biosurfactant sophorolipid (SL) produced by the yeast Starmerella bombicola...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877091/conserved-chemosensory-proteins-in-the-proboscis-and-eyes-of-lepidoptera
#13
Jiao Zhu, Immacolata Iovinella, Francesca Romana Dani, Yu-Ling Liu, Ling-Qiao Huang, Yang Liu, Chen-Zhu Wang, Paolo Pelosi, Guirong Wang
Odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) and chemosensory proteins (CSPs) are endowed with several different functions besides being carriers for pheromones and odorants. Based on a previous report of a CSP acting as surfactant in the proboscis of the moth Helicoverpa armigera, we revealed the presence of orthologue proteins in two other moths Plutella xylostella and Chilo suppressalis, as well as two butterflies Papilio machaon and Pieris rapae, using immunodetection and proteomic analysis. The unusual conservation of these proteins across large phylogenetic distances indicated a common specific function for these CSPs...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873291/prediction-of-non-recovery-from-ventilator-demanding-acute-respiratory-failure-ards-and-death-using-lung-damage-biomarkers-data-from-a-1200-patient-critical-care-randomized-trial
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Jens-Ulrik S Jensen, Theis S Itenov, Katrin M Thormar, Lars Hein, Thomas T Mohr, Mads H Andersen, Jesper Løken, Hamid Tousi, Bettina Lundgren, Hans Christian Boesen, Maria E Johansen, Sisse R Ostrowski, Pär I Johansson, Jesper Grarup, Jørgen Vestbo, Jens D Lundgren
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether biomarkers of alveolar damage (surfactant protein D, SPD) or conductive airway damage (club cell secretory protein 16, CC16) measured early after intensive care admittance are associated with one-month clinical respiratory prognosis. If patients who do not recover respiratory function within one month can be identified early, future experimental lung interventions can be aimed toward this high-risk group. We aimed to determine, in a heterogenous critically ill population, whether baseline profound alveolar damage or conductive airway damage has clinical respiratory impact one month after intensive care admittance...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873058/prediction-of-the-reverse-micellar-extraction-of-papain-using-dissipative-particle-dynamics-simulation
#15
Mingxiang Lin, Tingting Yu, Junfen Wan, Xuejun Cao
Reverse micellar extraction is a promising technology for large-scale protein purification, but its molecular interaction mechanisms have not been thoroughly characterized. In this study, a dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) molecular simulation method was employed to study the interactions among the surfactant, organic phase, water, and proteins on the mesoscopic scale. This study simulated the self-assembly process of the reverse micelle extraction of papain. The results showed that the papain could be extracted by a CTAB/isooctane/n-hexanol system, which was validated by extraction experiments...
November 21, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871002/coating-nanoparticles-with-tunable-surfactants-facilitates-control-over-the-protein-corona
#16
J Müller, K N Bauer, D Prozeller, J Simon, V Mailänder, F R Wurm, S Winzen, K Landfester
Nanoparticles with long blood circulation time are a prerequisite for targeted drug delivery. To make the nanoparticles invisible for phagocytizing cells, functional moieties on the particle surface are believed to be necessary to attract specific so-called 'stealth' proteins forming a protein 'corona'. Currently, covalent attachment of those moieties represents the only way to achieve that attraction. However, that approach requires a high synthetic effort and is difficult to control. Therefore, we present the coating of model nanoparticles with biodegradable polymeric surfactants as an alternative method...
January 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864058/a-novel-alkaline-surfactant-stable-keratinase-with-superior-feather-degrading-potential-based-on-library-screening-strategy
#17
Chang Su, Jin-Song Gong, Rong-Xian Zhang, Li-Yan Tao, Wen-Fang Dou, Dan-Dan Zhang, Heng Li, Zhen-Ming Lu, Zheng-Hong Xu, Jin-Song Shi
A novel keratinase was mined and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) via function-driven screening with fosmid library. The catalytic properties of purified keratinase were investigated in detail following enzyme purification. The recombinant keratinase was purified to homogeneity with an estimated molecular weight of 26kDa using nickel affinity chromatography, of which the optimal reaction pH and temperature were 10.0 and 55°C, respectively. It could remain stable at pH 5.0-12.0 and 40-60°C. Metal ions such as Ca(2+), Mn(2+), Ag(+), Na(+), Mg(2+), Li(+), Sn(2+) (1mM) displayed positive influence on keratinase, and particularly, Ca(2+) exhibited remarkable improvement effect by 2...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861467/antenatal-dexamethasone-vs-betamethasone-dosing-for-lung-maturation-in-fetal-sheep
#18
Augusto F Schmidt, Matthew W Kemp, Paranthaman S Kannan, Boris W Kramer, John P Newnham, Suhas G Kallapur, Alan H Jobe
BackgroundDexamethasone-phosphate (Dex-PO4) and the combination betamethasone-phosphate (Beta-PO4) + betamethasone-acetate (Beta-Ac) are the most used antenatal corticosteroids to promote fetal lung maturation . We compared fetal lung maturation induced by Beta-Ac+Beta-PO4, Dex-PO4, or Beta-PO4 alone.MethodsPregnant ewes received 2 intramuscular doses 24h apart of 0.25mg/kg/dose of Beta-Ac+Beta-PO4, Dex-PO4 or Beta-PO4; or 2 doses of 0.125mg/kg/dose of Beta-PO4 at 6h, 12h, or 24h intervals. Fetuses were delivered 48h after the first dose and ventilated for 30min...
November 18, 2016: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856789/collectins-h-ficolin-and-ll-37-reduce-influence-viral-replication-in-human-monocytes-and-modulate-virus-induced-cytokine-production
#19
Mitchell R White, Shweta Tripathi, Anamika Verma, Paul Kingma, Kazue Takahashi, Jens Jensenius, Steffen Thiel, Guangshun Wang, Erika C Crouch, Kevan L Hartshorn
Infiltrating activated monocytes are important mediators of damaging inflammation during influenza A virus (IAV) infection. We show that soluble respiratory proteins [collectins, surfactant proteins D (SP-D) and mannose binding lectin (MBL), H-ficolin and LL-37] inhibit replication of seasonal IAV in human monocytes. The collectins and H-ficolin also increased viral uptake by the cells, while LL-37 did not. H-ficolin was able to inhibit replication of the 2009 pandemic H1N1 strain (Cal09) in monocytes, but SP-D and LL-37 had significantly fewer inhibitory effects on this strain than on seasonal IAV...
November 17, 2016: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856263/rational-design-of-protamine-nanocapsules-as-antigen-delivery-carriers
#20
José Vicente González-Aramundiz, Elena Presas, Inmaculada Dalmau-Mena, Susana Martínez-Pulgarín, Covadonga Alonso, José M Escribano, María J Alonso, Noemi Stefánia Csaba
: Current challenges in global immunization indicate the demand for new delivery strategies, which could be applied to the development of new vaccines against emerging diseases, as well as to improve safety and efficacy of currently existing vaccine formulations. Here, we report a novel antigen nanocarrier consisting of an oily core and a protamine shell, further stabilized with pegylated surfactants. These nanocarriers, named protamine nanocapsules, were rationally designed to promote the intracellular delivery of antigens to immunocompetent cells and to trigger an efficient and long-lasting immune response...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
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